Bright Ideas: Tips for Choosing Clearance Table Lamps

Every home needs a balance between style and function. Something as useful as a table lamp can also go a long way toward reflecting your sense of style. It’s important that they provide
necessary lighting, but they also add a touch of class to your décor and can set the mood.

Sometimes, however, decorating — and purchasing table lamps especially — can take a big bite out of your budget. Fortunately, you can find a wide selection of clearance lamps for your bedroom, living room, or home office. Consider these bright ideas when it comes to shopping for clearance lamps.

Keep Décor Top of Mind

Is your style modern or traditional? Minimalist or extravagant? Look for Mission or Tiffany pieces to complement mid-century modern style or sleek, streamlined lamps for contemporary spaces. Finding the right spot for your clearance table lamp is just as important as the style you choose. You may run into a design snafu if you buy the lamp first and then try to fit it into your bedroom or living room. You may get lucky, but often the lamp ends up being too short or tall for your intended space. Instead, use a piece of chalk to mark on the wall closest to where the lamp will be to get an idea of size. Go shopping with your measurement in hand.

Made in the Shade

Lamps with tapered shades work well in homes with a conventional aesthetic, while bold or quirky lamps suit eclectic décor. When choosing any lamp, always consider scale. A large lamp on a small table looks out of place, just as a small lamp in a large space looks overwhelmed. The shade of a table lamp should be larger than the base and should cover the inner hardware. And, speaking of shades, if you need to add a dose of color or texture to your room, an interesting lampshade does the trick. Whether it’s got a bold pattern or decorative touches like beads or fringe, the right shade can harmonize with your other décor.

Watts Up

If you need a lamp for pastimes like reading or knitting, then choose one with a higher wattage and easy on-and-off switching, such as a lamp with a pull chain. Knowing how much light you want to cast may seem like a no-brainer, but sometimes it takes some trial and error before you get the perfect amount and degree. Bulbs have come a long way, and LEDs are the favorite, as they’re easy on the eyes and cut down on the electric bill, too. However, keep in mind that not all table lamps support LED lights, so make sure to check the maximum wattage before you purchase.

If you want your lamp to illuminate the entire room, then a translucent shade is the right choice, as well as a lower wattage bulb. But, if your lamp is specifically for starting conversations as an accent piece, then try an opaque shade for drama.

With discounts of up to 70 percent off retail prices, CORT Clearance Centers make a great budget-friendly resource for your home lighting needs. Sounds like a bright idea.

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